Inverewe wins UK top garden awardMarch 16th 2017
National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross has just been named as ‘UK Garden of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards. Beating five other finalists to this prestigious award, the sub-tropical NTS garden on the shores of Loch Ewe is now proud to be called the best garden, not just in Scotland but in the whole of the UK. The BBC Countryfile awards are a celebration of the British countryside and its people and the Garden of the Year category nominations were put forward by Gardeners World presenter, Jo Swift.
Property Manager Kevin Frediani is thrilled with this major success and gives credit to his dedicated team at the North West Highland garden. Speaking from the National Trust for Scotland Managers Conference in Crieff today, Kevin says: ‘We have an excellent and dedicated team at Inverewe who work hard to make the garden the brilliant visitor experience that it is. This wonderful accolade is testament to the team’s achievement in delivering a world class quality product.’ Continues Kevin:’ ‘To be named as the best in the UK is such great recognition and the Chief Executive, Simon Skinner, and all my fellow NTS colleagues have sent their congratulations to the Inverewe team.’
Inverewe will be launching the 2017 season on Sat 18 March with the opening Exhibition in the newly opened Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe House by Artist in Residence Lynn Bennett- Mackenzie. The season has a full events programme ranging from gloriously colourful Rhododendron and Erythornium Festivals in April and May, followed by a range of fascinating Festivals, Walks, Talks and workshops on a range of topics including Archaeology and Travel Film Festivals. The full details can be found on the Inverewe website www.nts.org.uk/Inverewe.
Adds Kevin: ‘We want to thank all those that voted for us from across the world – our wonderful local community, those from around Wester Ross, across Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad. We are totally delighted with this show of global support and thank each and every one of them, and look forward to welcoming them to Inverewe this season and into the future – it is a very exciting time for us all!’
CEO Simon Skinner (r) congratulating Kevin Frediani, Inverewe Property Manager.
Inverewe’s Walled Garden – image by Adrian Hollister www.adrianhollister.photography
Inverewe has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, the charity that celebrates and protects Scotland’s heritage, for 65 years. Further information about the Inverewe Events Programme 2017 can be found on www.nts.org.uk/Inverewe